Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
3rd January 2018
For health, safety and environmental management as well as the continuing big issues of Brexit and Grenfell, we should see the introduction of the new ISO 45001 - Occupational health and safety management systems – standard, as well as the proposed new sentencing guidelines for manslaughter offences.
In addition to these there were a number of themes developing in predictions people have made for 2018 and these included:
- Greater human interaction in business and the workplace. As Forbes put it “companies will continue to promote their workspaces and design them to facilitate interpersonal relationships between employees.”
- The use of ‘smart’ personal protective equipment (PPE) will become more common – Hard hats with 360 degree cameras, intelligent harnesses, inbuilt detectors and smart footwear to name but a few.
- The growth in wearable devices monitoring health and well-being.
- Mental wellness - organisations are seeing changes in the historic stigma attached to mental health issues (compared to that of physical health) and recognising the benefit of investing in a fit and healthy workforce.
- AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) will see more monitoring and recording of building performance leading to…
- Air quality – both externally and in the workplace.
How these factors affect, let alone interact and shape our workplace management over the year remains to be seen. The consequences of the Sentencing Council guideline changes in 2016 have endure however.
But as we have seen over 2017, the reputational drivers and the need to invest (not just spend on) health safety and environmental compliance, is more important than the financial penalties for many organisations.
What does yours look like and what are your plans?